Avicci Arena is the national arena for ice hockey in Sweden. At an ice hockey match, there is room for about 13,800 people. When the arena is rebuilt into stage shows, it can accommodate a little more, about 16,000 people. It is also possible to bring in more people and on one occasion when Metallica played there were 17,303 visitors.
Avicci Arena was formerly called Globen and Ericsson Glob. Like a giant golf ball, it is clearly visible in Stockholm. Every year you can experience major events here such as. The Melody Festival, the Sports Gala and of course the biggest stars touring around the world. The arena has also been used for shows with racing, motocross, go-karts, monster trucks and other events in music competitions such as the Melodifestivalen 1989, Eurovision Song Contest 2000 and Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
The arena was inaugurated on February 19, 1989. Construction began in September 1986. It was Prince Bertil who inaugurated the arena. The construction cost was between SEK 400 and 800 million sek.
Avicci Arena consists of several buildings. The largest is the "Globe". The total height of Avicci Arena is 130 meters above sea level. It has an outside diameter of 110.40 meters and a height (from the ground) of 85.20 meters. The building consists of steel, concrete, sheet metal, aluminum and glass. The building and the area were designed by Berg Arkitektkontor AB.
For those of you who do not have a fear of heights, a trip to "Avicci Arena Skyview" might be an idea. Skyview is a 100 m long gondola lift that takes you along the wall of Avicci Arena up to the top (about 130 m above sea level). Up there you have a fantastic view over Stockholm. On February 5, 2010, you could start by riding two gondola lifts up to the top of Avicci.
The name was "Skyview". It's a cool feeling to stand in a glass cage and slowly ride the gondola to the top. At the top, it stays for a while where you can take nice pictures of the city of Stockholm. You can see 365 degrees in all directions when you are at the top.
The craft / cabin is about 4.5 meters in diameter and takes a maximum of 16 people per trip. The journey up and down takes about 20 minutes. Do you buy a Stockholms Pass the tour is included.
Tele2 Arena and Ericsson Globe.
The volume inside the Avicci Arena is about 600,000 m3. If a water tap were to try to fill the entire Avicci Arena with water, it would take up to 40 years.
On May 19, 2021, the name of the arena was changed from "Globen" to "Avicii Arena", after the deceased musician Tim Bergling's artist name. The name change is a collaboration between Stockholm Live, Tim Bergling Foundation and sponsors.